October platform news

Good reviews of BioValue’s Annual meeting 

High partner satisfaction was achieved with this year’s annual meeting. From participants and stakeholders alike the comments have been positive on project progress and our focus on industrial application of results. From a management perspective, it’s been great to see the platform reach a critical mass of results that enables us to step back and look at the bigger picture. Each project has advanced to the point where we can now focus on demonstrating the whole value chain on yellow and green biomass by linking the project results together. This is key towards a successful completion of BioValue in summer 2018, and in building the BioValue 2.0 consortium. Read about the annual meeting from the perspectives of an industry partner, the young researchers and an academic senior in this newsletter.

New project with SME: Lihme Protein Solutions ApS

A new Innovation project between Lihme Protein Solutions ApS and DTU/Center for BioProcess Engeneering was granted by the BioValue board in September.

Title: Novel protein extraction, separation and refinement technologies of relevance for generating higher value products from the blue and the green biorefinery. The project aims at inventing and developing improved technologies for separation and recovery of individual protein components with intact and value added functionalities from both selected species of plants (grass and clover) and macroalgae (brown algae). The board recognizes that the ability to selectively and economically isolate protein fractions from various crops that can complement the Green Biorefinery protein products will be a commercially enabling factor in a broad sense. Also, the availability of economically feasible, flexible and efficient separation technologies is essential to the success of the emerging biorefinery industry and the value creation achieved by a successful development as described will reach much further for the industry than what will be represented by the selected plant and macroalgae raw materials. The innovation project is granted 500.000 DKK from BioValue and will run until January 2018.

BioValue has 2,3 million DKK for Innovation projects – apply now

What: Does your organization or any of your subcontractors have an idea for a product / a service / a method within biorefinery, which could be commercialized within a few years? Then BioValue has the means to co-fund crucial tests, technology development, validation, etc. The scope is to refine plant based biomass into value-added products. We are looking to support 2-3 innovative projects, where biomass or side-streams hereof are used optimally to produce feed, food ingredients, chemicals, biomaterials etc. There are presently 2,3 million DKK in the innovation-pool which your organization can apply for.

Who: Everybody can apply – the key aspect is to present a well-described need for innovation to which the project proposal offers a commercial viable solution. There has to be at least one partner from BioValue in the innovation project, and coordination to the existing research- and innovation projects is highly appreciated. Thus, you should coordinate with one of our three competence center leaders as soon as possible, in order to determine which activities are most valuable to the BioValue platform and the partners of the innovation project.

How: Get the application form from Anders Iversen, aiv@teknologisk.dk. Anders, administrator of the Innovation-pool, is at your service for advise on requirements, budgets, finding relevant projects partners etc. on phone: +45 72 20 32 57. Deadline for sending proposals to Anders Iversen is 31 October, 2016 at 12 o’clock. The proposals will be processed on Dec 1st 2016.

The funds from BioValue can maximum be 1 million DKK, and the total budget has to be 50% co-financed (in-kind or cash) from the partners of the innovation project. The support from BioValue is normally used to fund activities at knowledge institutions/universities, but SMEs are eligible for support of activities too (up to 60% of their cost related to the activity). The board holds the granting decision. They appreciate proposals with a strong business plan showing or estimating the commercial potential, product prices and costs, clear added-value and concrete relations to the end-user(s). Focus on near commercial innovation when writing the proposals. All innovation projects must be concluded by June 30, 2018.

Looking forward to receiving our innovative proposals for commercialization!